About the event

Pushing for Peace Seminar

Aiki Extensions is an international group that seeks to bring together people who want to take the principle of aikido off the mat and into the wider world. O Sensei described aikido as the' Art of Peace' and saw it as' a way to reconcile the world. A 100 years on from the start of the First World War, with conflict with war still raging in various parts of the world and conflict of some sort featuring in most of our lives, it seems appropriate to have a seminar focusing on how we can make O Sensei's vision come true. Every ocean began with a drop of water and so whilst it is not expected that the seminar will change the world overnight, it just might provide some inspiration for the quiet and positive ways we can all make a difference in our own communities. It's time to turn the drop of water into a shower of rain.

You are invited to participate in a seminar that will allow you to meet with people that share this vision, to learn new ways of expressing these ideas in your aikido practice both on and off the mat. The venue In Burwell, near Cambridge, offers 3 halls and you will have the opportunity to learn from a host of fantastic teachers from around the world, on a wide range of topics. More information can be found under the presenter tab.


Dates and times

4 July19:00-21:30Welcome and Aikido
5 July9:00-17:00Multiple Activities
5 July19.30Seminar Dinner*
6 July9:00am-12:00amMultiple Activities and Closing

* If you are not staying at Burwell House the cost of the Seminar Dinner will be an additional £15.

For a full schedule download our Excel Spreadsheet here - AE-Seminar-Rota.xlsx

Costs of seminar

Costs for payment in advance:

DayNormal CostA.E. memberpresenterA.E. member & presenterNotes
Saturday£45£38.25£38.25£31.50Lunch will be provided
Total seminar£60£51£51£42

You can join Aiki Extensions at the following web address. Just send me a copy of your acknowledgment from A.E. or a copy of your member certificate: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1436279

Costs for payment on the day:

DayNormal CostA.E. memberpresenterA.E. member & presenterNotes
Saturday£54£45.90£45.90£37.80Lunch will be provided
Total seminar£72£61.20£61.20£50.40

General Information

Burwell is a village that is; about 12 miles (18km) North of Cambridge with its beautiful and ancient university buildings, 4 miles (6km) from Newmarket, 9the home of horse racing in the UK) and 12 miles (18km) from Ely with its wondrous mediaeval cathedral. So we are surrounded by wonderful tourist destinations which makes it a great destination to extend your stay. London is train ride away

It is a large village set in the Cambridgeshire fens away from the hustle and bustle of city life. It has a population of over 6,000 and as such offers many amenities including 4 pubs, various food shops and restaurants, a bakers, a chemist and a bank.

The accommodation and seminar venue are in walking distance, (25 minutes) or a short car ride. Car parking is easily available at both Mandeville Hall and Burwell House.

Burwell is:

  • 40 minutes from London Stansted airport
  • 75 minutes from Luton airport
  • 90 minutes from London Heathrow
  • 120 minutes from London Gatwick


Burwell House,
North Street,
CB25 0BB
(The entrance is via Silver Street and the post code if using satnav/gps is CB25 0EF)

Burwell House has been a venue for a wide variety of residential and non-residential courses for almost forty years.

Built in the late 1700s and owned by Cambridgeshire County Council since the 1960's, it retains the gracious atmosphere of a large family home, whilst catering for the needs of modern day customers.

It provides home-cooked food prepared by professionals that take pride in the food they produce.

This is not a luxury venue and rooms will be shared and if the take-up is significant then this may even be in small dormitories.

However, it will provide a bed for the night, and food at an incredibly reasonable price in a very pleasant setting in the heart of the village of Burwell, where the seminar is based.

Many of the benefits to be gained from the seminar are to be had by sharing time and talking with your fellow delegates and so whilst you can book alternative accommodation in the locality, you are strongly encouraged to stay here.

What's included - Accommodation on Friday and Saturday night and meals on Friday, and Saturday Night and Sunday Lunchtime plus breakfast on Saturday and Sunday Morning.

Cost £101.50

The accommodation cost is based on 30 people staying at Burwell House. If fewer stay here then the cost may be slightly more and if more stay then it may be less. Costs will be finalised nearer the event and payment for accommodation organised at that point.